Board of Directors July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

President:
Past President:
President Elect:
Secretary:
Treasurer:

Jes Leonard, Ph.D.
Cynthia Whitaker, Psy.D., MLADC
Celia Oliver, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Sue Kim, Ph.D.
Cerissa Desrosiers, Psy.D.


President & NHPA Liaison To The Board of Psychologists: Jes Leonard, Ph.D.
I am a strong proponent of collegiality and professional relationships as well as a promoter of high quality and ethical treatment to our clients. I appreciate NHPA's long-standing tradition in both of these areas; therefore I joined to assist in promoting NHPA's mission for our current providers and their clients.

Years on board: 3
Practice Location: The Counseling Center of New England, offices in Londonderry and Exeter, NH.
Professional Interest Areas: I work with adults providing both individual and group therapy. I am trained as a generalist, but specialize in trauma work, specifically in the area of sexual trauma. I am trained in ACT, CBT, CPT, PE, IFS, and DBT skills.
Committee Work: Continuing Education, ECP committee
Email: jes@theleonardgroup.net



Past President, Cynthia Whitaker, Psy.D. MLADC I was the only psychologist within my work setting for many years. Being part of the NHPA Ethics Committee and now the Board of NHPA has given me the opportunity to continue to be challenged and grow as a psychologist. I appreciate all that others have shared with me as a member of NHPA.

Years on Board: 4
Practice Location: 
Interim President & CEO, Greater Nashua Mental Health (GNMH)
Professional Interest Areas: Working with individuals who are Deaf or Hard-Of-Hearing, Community Psychology, Wholistic Treatment, Treatment Courts, Public Health, Consultation, and Teaching
Committee Work: Ethics Committee since 2014
Email: whitakerc@gnmhc.org


Past President & Ethics Committee Chair: Celia Oliver, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Psychology is a fascinating career, yet private practice can be isolating. Being the Ethics Chair and thereby a member of the  NHPA Board gives me the opportunity to interact with dynamic colleagues and do my part to support and promote this  intriguing profession.

Years on board: 13
Practice Location: Retired from Private Practice in Peterborough, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, specializing in the treatment of anxiety and autism spectrum disorders  in children, teens, and adults; ethics in clinical practice
Committee Work: Chair of the Ethics Committee (on committee since 2005)
Email: celialifestrands@gmail.com


Secretary, Membership Committee Chair, & Women, Minorities, & Diverse Communities Committee Co-Chair: Sue H. Kim, Ph.D.
It's fun and fulfilling to be connected with other energetic and caring psychologists, all working to enhance the welfare of our profession and improve services to clients in NH.

Years on board: 5
Practice Location: Private Practice Wilton, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; treating depression, anxiety,  trauma, identity issues.
Committee Work: Executive committee, Continuing Education, Membership, Co-Chair Women, 
Minorities, & Diverse Communities
Tel: 603.654.2181


Treasurer: Cerissa Desrosiers, Psy.D.
I am deeply grateful for the privilege that my upbringing and education have afforded me, and community  service is  a value that I hold dear. I choose to participate in NHPA governance as a way to invest my time and energy into  supporting and connecting with psychologists and mental health practitioners in an effort to team-  up to secure  additional high-quality therapeutic resources for families.

Years on board: 4
Practice Location: Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program for Adolescents - Seabrook, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Adolescent and emerging adult diagnostic clarification, crisis stabilization, and short-term treatment.
Committee Work: Ethics committee
Email:
 cerissa@endurancebehavioralhealth.com


Member-At-Large 2019-2021: Brittany St. Jean, Psy.D.                                                                    
One of my favorite things about being a psychologist is having the opportunity to connect with others who share  the common goal of providing quality psychological care and advocating for the individuals we serve. I joined the  board  to be  apart of something greater than myself, and to be an agent of change. I’m deeply committed to  strengthening New Hampshire communities and improving access to mental health care across the state, which aligns with NHPA’s value of practicing psychology to promote human welfare. It’s an honor to be part of the NHPA’s  dedicated group of psychologists working together to better our profession and our state.

Years on board: 2
Practice Location: Currently practicing across the Merrimack School District and southern NH region; adjunct faculty member at Rivier University
Professional Interest Areas: Consultation, psychological assessment for children and adolescents, trauma-informed care (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and school psychology
Committee Work: Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee (BHAC) Member
Email: contact@brittanystjean.com



Member-At-Large 2020-2022 & Continuing Education Committee Chair: Jacquelyn Reinert, Psy.D.
I first served on the board as student liaison while completing my doctoral studies, later transitioning to a staff position fulfilling the role of Continuing Education Coordinator. In addition to these roles, I have also served on several committees,  including the Continuing Education Committee, the Early Career Psychologist Committee, and the Awards and Nominations Committee. I've essentially "grown-up" within the NHPA community and feel that volunteering provided a solid foundation  to l  launch my career. I look forward to continuing to cultivate professional and personal relationships within the state and  feel  honored to be surrounded by such a talented and dedicated group of psychologists. 

Years on board: 5
Practice Location: Private practice in Harvard, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire; adjunct faculty member,  Rivier University in Nashua, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Assessment for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged adults, particularly individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, gender dysphoria, anxiety, depression, and complex learning challenges, as well as individual, group and family therapy. I also provide consultation to schools and other professionals in New England. 
Committee Work: Continuing Education, Early Career Psychologist, Awards and Nominations
Email: 
dr.jackireinert@gmail.com


Member-At-Large 2020-2022: John Cabibi, Ph.D.
I have been involved in NHPA at some level since moving to NH 46 years ago and continuously for the last 10 years.  Most recently, I was the Chair of the Professional Affairs and Professional Wills Committees and am presently a member of the Behavioral Health Advocacy Committee.  Membership and participation in NHPA is part of my identity and supports the role of a professional in psychology. My goal is, and has been, to enhance the awareness of the profession in the community at large and in the insurance industry to enable career psychologists to provide their services to the public; and for the value of their service to be recognized and fairly compensated. 
Years on board: 10+ years
Practice Location: Retired from private therapeutic and evaluative practice. Now available for consultation and supervision.  Former experience at NH State Hospital, Clinical evaluation and consultation to public schools, placement in private schools and treatment facilities, consultation to courts and police departments
Professional Interest Areas: CBT, Mindfulness, adolescence and non-verbal communication
Personal Interests: Photography, Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Bird Watching, Good Food, Etymology of Words
Committee Work: Currently member of BHAC. Past: Chair of Professional Affairs, Professional Wills, Board Secretary, Grass-roots Liaison to APA, Liaison to NH Mental Health Coalition. Over the years I have participated on numerous other committees and have frequently testified before the NH Legislature.


APA Council Representative 2019-2021 & HR Committee Chair: Sheila H. Gardner,  Ph.D.
I have been actively engaged in NHPA for a variety of reasons over the past decade but ultimately, I remain involved  because of an essential wish for and valuing of professional collaboration/relationship and productivity/growth. Working  alongside colleagues to support each other, to grow our profession, and to learn has been a remarkable gift.

Years on board: 13
Practice Location: Private practice Durham, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Individual therapy for adults, mind-body connections in circumstances of health and illness, psychological health in the workplace, advocacy/public education/professional growth
Committee Work: Current: Human Resources Chair  Past: Membership, Legislative, Liaison to Board of Psychologists, Ad Hoc Committee on Rules Revisions for the Board of Psychologists, Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy, Psychologically Healthy Workplace, Nominations & Awards, Ad Hoc Committee on Board of Mental Health Practice Rules Revisions, Ad Hoc Committee for an Independent Board of Psychologists
Email: DrSGardner@gmail.com


Behavioral Healthcare Advocacy Committee Chair: Julie Wolter, Psy.D.
I enjoy advocating for the future of psychologists in a fast-changing healthcare system.  As systems change and  research advances, we must continue to prioritize the importance of the therapeutic relationship in healing.  It’s an  honor to be a  part of a dedicated group of psychologists who care about both the health of the profession and the  health of the New  Hampshire community.



Public Relations Committee Chair: Kathryn H. Robbins, Ph.D.
I love working with and learning from my wonderful NHPA Board colleagues around the state as we all strive to represent our field optimally in NH and address a variety of issues. My public education outreach hat offers opportunities to engage with communities in a meaningful, broadening, and fun way and connect with my other Public Education Campaign (PEC) counterparts from across the US and Canada.

 Years on board: 7
 Practice location: Private practice Hanover, NH (and on-site schools/medical practice-based services)
 Professional Interest Areas: Consultation, assessment, and treatment services for children/youth (ages 3-18)  and 
their families; school psychology and integrated pediatric health; medical family psychology
 for health/chronic illness issues in children and families 
 Committee Work:
 Public Relations Committee, Public Education Campaign Coordinator
 Email: drkrobbins@uvchildfamilypsych.com


 Early Career Psychologists Committee Chair: Erin Miers, Psy.D.

 Years on board: 1
 Practice location: Lebanon, NH, Nashua, NH, and Bedford, NH
 Professional Interest Areas: 
working with the LGBTQ community, anti-racism, working with people living with  HIV/AIDS, self care for mental health professionals, ACT, trauma, video games, suicide, sex, addiction, and our  relationship with food, high risk youth, treatment for trauma, people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
 Committee Work: Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Chair, Women, Minorities, & Diverse Communities


Legislative Committee Chair: James Bomersbach, Ph.D.

Years on board: 1
Practice Location: State Government Agency in Concord, NH
Professional Interest Areas: Forensic psychology, measurement and assessment, legislative advocacy
Committee Work: Legislative Committee


ABOUT US

The New Hampshire Psychological Association is a 501c6 non profit organization.  Our mission is to  advance the field of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.


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Phone: 603-415-0451 
Email: office@nhpsychology.org


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